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Old 07-02-2017, 04:39 PM   #4369
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Thanks for the name drop "Cornucopia" Now I know where you are. We are heading out Tuesday and doing the east side of Georgian Bay 'till the weekend. Killarney Prov. Park for 3-4 days. Then off to the Soo and into the UP. If you are staying put 'till the weekend we will be able to cross paths somewhere in the UP. Can't wait.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:01 PM   #4370
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Sounds good, Gerard.

Mimi, I have read of those cotton ball and Vaseline fire starters, but they just sound so yucky I have stuck with cedar shavings ones.

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Old 07-02-2017, 06:35 PM   #4371
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We used insulation board (made from sugar cane fiber) soaked in melted candle wax. A few shavings from that block were quite good at starting a fire under most any conditions.

Still have one handy. It was made in the 80's and is still good.
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:10 AM   #4372
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That's an interesting idea, rmkrum.

I'm going to make the cedar shavings firestarters differently this next year....perhaps mixing the shavings with the melted paraffin, and then using an ice cream scoop to put them out onto waxed paper.

The ones you buy commercially are just barely held together, and work just fine...less mess than pouring paraffin over, and would use less wax.

Could also maybe just spread it all onto a lined cookie sheet, then cut into small bricks...

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Old 07-04-2017, 05:50 AM   #4373
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Sounds good, Gerard.

Mimi, I have read of those cotton ball and Vaseline fire starters, but they just sound so yucky I have stuck with cedar shavings ones.

Maggie
They'd need a container, but a sandwich bag would do. They do work if you need to keep things really compact.

Later this month, Ben and his dad are heading out to the Philmont Boy Scout camp where they will live out of their backpacks for a 100+ mile hike. You really need to pack small for that.
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:10 AM   #4374
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I understand, Mimi, and hope they have a great trip.

Drove into Washburn this am to go to their nice IGA....have a nice steak and some chicken I am going to grill later. My first time grilling on the road since Doug died. It's time.

I've been reading a very good book, a crime mystery, and came across this paragraph...

“Four percent of the population functions without a conscience. Some are money managers, surgeons, soldiers, and preachers. They could be your kid’s kindergarten teacher, your attorney, or the assistant manager at the AutoZone store. The smart ones will use you up, ruin your career, blow up your marriage, and steal your money.”...from Devil Sent the Rain, by Lisa Turner.

Oh that this were not so true...I personally believe the percentage in the overall population is higher than 4%, and I know of entities where the concentration is probably closer to at least 10%.

Where such behavior is valued and reinforced, it will thrive.

Sigh.

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Old 07-05-2017, 05:59 AM   #4375
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Hopefully, only 4% completely without a conscience--truly evil. Of course, they're surrounded on all sides by those who yield to temptation really easily and rationalize away their guilt. And then there are the ones who are too uneducated to know better--failure of families and schools to teach what should be taught.

Then all of this gets magnified by news media outlets trying for market share--if it bleeds, it leads.

Too bad it obscures the vast majority of people who are good. Fortunately, we meet lots of those good people when we're out camping.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:12 AM   #4376
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True, Mimi....there are many good people out there, and campgrounds tend to be full of them.

It also takes more than a brief interaction, and some true engagement, for a sociopath to really impact your life, and often by the time you realize what you've got it is too late to do much about it...but get away.

I have done a lot of sitting outside here, until full sun hits later in the day, and have enjoyed more visiting as well as showing the Interstate 8-10 times since my arrival 9 days ago.

A fair number of people are here for week or longer stays, which is nice, as we get to know each other a bit and visit regularly.

The sitting out isn't near as difficult as it used to be... and truly, year four of widowhood and solo-me travel is a horse of a very different color, in a good way.

A huge benefit to all the fresh air is that Lily and I are sleeping like the dead every, single night. I like.

In addition to sitting out, and my usual at-rest activities, I have cleaned the cabinet above the sink and thrown out some seasonings and things I've carried since before Doug died...and haven't used since. It's time.

I grilled my chicken and boneless sirloin on my Son of Hibachi yesterday, and it was absolutely delicious...with plenty of leftovers for the remainder of the week.

I'm still in the learning curve of that grill, but it's getting less awkward, and I absolutely love its space efficiency as well as the ability to close it up and put it away soon after I'm done using it.

When I left Washburn yesterday, with a coffee and freshly ground beans from their coffee shop , it was getting quite warm at 9am or so.

I got back up here, and it was easily 10 degrees cooler on the lake.

It's been a beautiful spot, and very relaxing stay.

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Google Penzey's. I refresh my spices annually....
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Hi Vince, and hope your summer is going well!

I buy most spices and herbs in bulk from the health food store or an Amish grocery, if I am lucky enough to be near one...storing them in purchased small jars, but can't say they are all turned over annually.

The issue being, really, that I don't cook the same way...nor every day...as I did when hubbie was here to cook for.

These things had been unused in 3+ years, but hard to pitch them, because they connect me to my other life. But, I finally did.

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Old 07-05-2017, 01:02 PM   #4379
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Maggie how did you and Lily do last night. Did you have fireworks close by.

Love Penzeys Spices. We're lucky you have a store close by. Also buy loose (in bag) and put in glass jars. I like smelling the open jars for their flavors. Roasted garlic a current favorite.
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We did just fine, thanks.

Nothing nearby but a short burst late from some locals, nothing prolonged like what we ended up near last year.

A heavy rainstorm passed thru here early morning, and that with lots of lightening was more of a disturbance, but it sounds like from talking with others that I slept thru much of it....tho I do remember waking at one point to Lily snuggled in close.

It is in the 70's today and sunny, the warmest day since we got here.

It brings the flies out, tho, which I could do without, but you can't have everything.

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Old 07-06-2017, 07:31 AM   #4381
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It was one of those weird, freakish nights....new valance across the rear with a tension rod fell down, on my head, twice.

I was reading, laying in bed at the time, so it clobbered my skull hard enough that I noticed.

Thought I had it back up properly, but laid more crosswise in the bed so that if it fell again....woke in the night, and it was down but had missed me.

Once the bed was put up, getting it back in place was easier than me kneeling on the bed, and trying to get enough leverage...we'll see

Crazy dreams, songs stuck in my head, and felt like I didn't sleep at all...I'm thinkin', what's happening here?

Then this morning, just after daybreak, the wind began to blow fiercely, and after that the rains came.

A couple probably in their 40's are bicycling across the country, carrying everything on their bikes, and had set up camp across the road, so they're scrambling in the wind to pack up before it rains.

They settled in with another tenter under the nearby pavilion so I made some more coffee and we had a nice visit.

They carry their nylon tent, sleeping bags and some kind of egg crate mats to go beneath, three changes of clothing, a little stove, and whatever else they can get into their saddlebags.

They usually eat lunch in a restaurant, but prepare their own breakfasts and dinner.

They started on the west coast, and their end destination is Montreal...I am seriously impressed.

Skies are clearing, so they will be on their way soon....first stop being Cornucopia, so I told them where the laundromat was, about the nice coffee shop and Ehler's store.

You meet the nicest and most interesting people in campgrounds.

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Old 07-07-2017, 04:20 AM   #4382
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A high school friend of ours son solo bicycled across the country from East to West. We followed his adventure thru his diary shared with his dad and pictures he posted on FB. An amazing four mouth trip to be sure. He went from VA to OR and then for kicks down the coast highway. Not for me, I like the Airstream.
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